Veteran coach Randy Peele, who has been to three NCAA Tournaments as a head coach, is entering his third season as the Associate Head Coach for the Tennessee State men's basketball team in 2016-17.
Arriving in Nashville in July of 2014, Peele is the team's primary post coach, and his responsibilities include recruiting, player development, scouting, game planning, academic assistance and day-to-day operations of the program.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with the pedigree, loyalty and expertise of Randy in our program,” TSU Head Coach Dana Ford said. “Having led three teams to the NCAA tournament as a head coach, he has an understanding of the type of student-athletes that we must recruit, coach and mentor in order to get our program to the level that we all aspire.”
In just two years at Tennessee State, Peele has helped rebuild the Tigers into one of the top teams in the Ohio Valley Conference. TSU’s 2015-16 team, which earned a trip to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, put together a 20-11 record, just the program’s third 20-win season at the Division I level.
Peele, who came to TSU with 29 years of coaching experience, guided UNC Greensboro to the 1996 NCAA Tournament before leading Winthrop to NCAA Tournament berths in 2008 and 2010. He is the only coach in Big South history to take two different teams to the NCAA Tournament.
In his first season as a Division I head coach, Peele led UNC Greensboro to a 20-win season at the 1996 NCAA Tournament. He served as head coach of the Spartans from 1995-99.
Peele went on to serve as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech from 1999-02 under Ricky Stokes as the Hokies transitioned from the Atlantic 10 to the Big East.
His career then took him to Rock Hill, S.C. where he worked as an assistant coach for Gregg Marshall at Winthrop for five seasons from 2003-07. Peele was promoted to Head Coach of the Eagles when Marshall took over the program at Wichita State.
Peele guided Winthrop for five seasons (2007-12), winning the Big South Regular Season and Tournament Championship to earn an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2007-08 season. He also led Winthrop to the Big South Tournament Championship in 2009-10 for Peele’s third NCAA Tournament appearance as a head coach.
He has also made assistant coaching stops at St. Michael’s College in Vermont (1983-85), UT Martin (1985-88), Campbell (1988-1991) and UNCG (1991-1995). Most recently, Peele was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern during the 2013-14 season.
Peele graduated from Virginia Wesleyan in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and history. He is married to the former Debra Carter and they have three children, Aaron, Brad and Blair.